Great Plains College is once again supporting Family Literacy Day Jan. 25 at Swift Current Mall, in partnership with the Southwest Literacy Committee, celebrating this year’s theme of “15 Minutes of Fun”.
The literacy fun will begin at 9:30 a.m. this Friday with one-hour story and activity sessions scheduled throughout the day.
A Family Fun Night is also scheduled for Jan. 30 at the Family Resource Centre at 1-885 6th Ave. NE, with hands-on activities geared toward families with children under eight years old.
“We know that learning can happen at any time,” said Bula Ghosh, Southwest Literacy Committee member and Basic Education coordinator at the College. “Practicing literacy 15 minutes a day is very beneficial for both children and parents.
“Keeping with the theme, 15 Minutes of Fun, we encourage everyone to take part in a fun activity with their family members at any time.”
The Southwest Literacy Committee continues to offer their community family literacy project called Books for Babies. Through this project, four-month-old babies in southwest Saskatchewan receive book bags containing two books, nursery rhymes, local library details and other information and assessment tools to assist with early childhood development.
Family Literacy Day began in 1999 through an initiative of ABC Canada. Studies have shown that children who are exposed to books at home early in life have a better chance of acquiring good reading and writing skills.